“Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him.” (Psalms 127:3). After giving us the gift of children, God expects us to take care of them. Although it's a hard and costly responsibility, being a parent is a blessing from above. When God entrusts a child to a family, He wants them to grow up “... In wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.” (Luke 2:52). To this end, He gives us instructions in the Bible for thriving, strong, and wise children. Are you looking for a parenting guide? The Bible has everything you need. Here are 5 practical pieces of advice from the Bible to help you guide your children as they grow up.
“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)
“Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you punish them with the rod, they will not die. Punish them with the rod and save them from death. (Proverbs 23: 13-14)
“Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.” (Colossians 3:21)
“Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.” (Deuteronomy 4:9)
“Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?” (Luke 11:11-12)